Fr. Manny Cruz
May 4, 2019
Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Italy
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Medjugorje is often described as the place where Heaven meets Earth. A special place that pulsates with a spiritual resonance that attunes you to God. Join a 14-day Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Medjugorje and the Balkan States plus Italy with Fr. Manny Cruz leaving on May 4, 2019. Find out for yourself why, Medjugorje is indeed a special place chosen by our Mother, where Her presence can be felt and Her peace reigns.
Begin your pilgrimage in Zagreb, the capital and largest city of Croatia. The city boasts a charming medieval “old city” ambience with cobbled streets. Not to be missed is a visit to the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Zagreb landmark. With its twin spires soaring over the city, the cathedral contains a cycle of frescoes from the 13th century and is the final resting place for important Croatian heroes and martyrs. Next stop is Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital and largest city, is one of the Europe’s greenest and most liveable cities. Journey on to Bled, distinguished for its stunning lake, picture perfect church on an islet and medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff.
From Bled, travel to Brezje to celebrate Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary Help of Christians, a Slovenian National Marian Shrine. Explore the jaw-dropping Postojna Cave, a fantastic web of tunnels and passages, the astonishing diversity of Karst features is 24 km long and 2 million years old. Head for the village of Rastoke, located in the municipality of Slunj. Sometimes known as “the Small Lakes of Plitvice,” Rastoke is well known for its extraordinary natural beauties and historical tradition.
Spend a full day at the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, interconnected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. Next stop is Split, which houses some of the most impressive medieval ruins in the Mediterranean.
Spend three days in Medjugorje, an important place of pilgrimage and encouragement for the faithful seeking God in their lives. From this small village of Medjugorje, six children reported series of visions of Our Lady that began on June 24, 1981 and still continue today. Celebrate Mass at the Church of St. James, the central place of worship in Medjugorje. Climb the Apparition Mountain or Mount Podbrdo, where Our Lady first appeared to the visionaries. Pray before the True Cross of Jesus on the Krizevac Mountain, where a relic from the original cross of Christ was built into this cross.
Next stop is the picturesque town of Dubrovnik. Dubbed as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” Dubrovnik is one of the most popular tourist places in the Mediterranean.
From Dubrovnik, transfer to the port and board an overnight ferry bound for Bari in Italy. Head for Monte Sant’Angelo, where you will visit the Sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel, an apparition site of St. Michael the Archangel. Next stop is San Giovanni Rotondo, best known for the Shrine of Padre Pio. Admired for his fervent love of Christ and the Blessed Mother, St. Padre Pio is known as the great mystic of modern times. Offer your prayers before his body which is now on display in the tomb inside the Church of Our Lady of Grace.
Wind down your pilgrimage in the eternal city of Rome. Visit the city’s basilicas and other historical monuments. Walk the stairs on bended knees at the Scala Santa or the Holy Stairs, the steps on which Jesus Christ stepped in his way to the trial during his Passion. The Stairs were brought to Rome by St. Helena in the 4th century. Not to be missed is the visit to the Vatican City, the heart and home of the Catholic Church. Visit the Basilica of St. Peter, built over the tomb of St. Peter. Celebrate Mass at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, founded on the burial grounds of St. Paul.
Embark on a 14-day Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Medjugorje and the Balkan States plus Italy with Fr. Manny Cruz leaving on May 4, 2019. Enjoy the fullness of peace that can only be found in the loving presence of God.
Slovenia’s capital and largest city, is one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable capitals. It was the European Commission’s Green Capital of Europe in 2016. Car traffic is restricted in...LJUBLJANA
Slovenia’s capital and largest city, is one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable capitals.
It was the European Commission’s Green Capital of Europe in 2016. Car traffic is restricted in the centre, leaving the leafy banks of the emerald-green Ljubljanica River, which flows through the city’s heart, free for pedestrians and cyclists. In summer, cafes set up terrace seating along the river; it almost feels like a nightly street party.
Slovenia’s master of early-modern, minimalist design, Jože Plečnik, graced Ljubljana with beautiful bridges and buildings as well as dozens of urban design elements such as pillars, pyramids and lamp posts, which exist solely to make the city even prettier. Attractive cities are often described as ‘jewel boxes’, and here the name really fits. Some 50,000 students support an active clubbing scene, and Ljubljana’s museums and restaurants are among the best in the country.
Bled is Slovenia’s most popular resort. Sheltered by the picturesque mountains of the Julian Alps, Bled sits in the middle of an emerald-green lake with a picture-postcard church on the...Bled
Bled is Slovenia’s most popular resort.
Sheltered by the picturesque mountains of the Julian Alps, Bled sits in the middle of an emerald-green lake with a picture-postcard church on the islet, and a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff. Bled is a sight that stays in your memory. The town has long been a destination for those seeking relaxation, through its sunny alpine air and thermal spring.
Bled is known for the glacial Lake Bled, which makes it a major tourist attraction. Perched on a rock overlooking the lake is the iconic Bled Castle.
Due to its mild climate, Bled has been visited by aristocratic guests from all across the world. Today it is an important convention center and tourist resort.
Postojna is a town in the Coast and Karst region of Slovenia. The town is well known for the jaw dropping Postojna Cave, the best known cave in the world....Postojna
Postojna is a town in the Coast and Karst region of Slovenia.
The town is well known for the jaw dropping Postojna Cave, the best known cave in the world. A series of caverns, halls and passages, some 24km long and two million years old, was hollowed out by the Pivka River, which enters a subterranean tunnel near the cave’s entrance.
Zagreb is the capital and largest city of Croatia. It is a vibrant city that boasts a charming medieval “old city”with architecture and cobbled streets reminiscent of Vienna, Budapest, Prague...Zagreb
Zagreb is the capital and largest city of Croatia.
It is a vibrant city that boasts a charming medieval “old city”with architecture and cobbled streets reminiscent of Vienna, Budapest, Prague and other Central- European capitals.
Zagreb got its start as two medieval fortress towns atop hills overlooking the Sava River, and was reborn in the Baroque period as center of business, perfectly located on routes connecting Central Europe to the Adriatic Sea. These days, Zagreb is the heart of contemporary Croatia’s culture, art, sports, and academics, but its history is not forgotten.
Rastoke is the historic center of the Croatian municipality of Slunj known for its well-preserved mills and little waterfalls along the Slunjcica river. In its formation, Rastoke serves as an...Rastoke
Rastoke is the historic center of the Croatian municipality of Slunj known for its well-preserved mills and little waterfalls along the Slunjcica river.
In its formation, Rastoke serves as an introduction to the Plitvice Lakes and therefore often being referred to as “the Small Lakes of Plitvice”. In contrast to the Lakes Rastoke features a three hundred-year old village with houses and watermills.
Rastoke is a place of native ecologic and ethnographic significance due to its symbiosis of natural and civilizational features. Due to its rich heritage in 1969 Rastoke was registered as an immovable cultural monument in the Regional Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments in Zagreb.
Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. It is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia,...Plitvice Lakes
Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia.
It is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1970, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The beauty of Plitvice National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, interconnected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. The National Park covers a total area of 300 square kilometres, whilst the lakes join together over a distance of eight kilometres. The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.
The national park area is home to many endemic species. Those species that prevailed at the lakes before the arrival of man still exist.
Trogir is a historic town and harbour on the Adriatic coast in Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia. Gorgeous Trogir (called Trau by the Venetians) is set within medieval walls on a tiny...Trogir
Trogir is a historic town and harbour on the Adriatic coast in Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia.
Gorgeous Trogir (called Trau by the Venetians) is set within medieval walls on a tiny island, linked by bridges to both the mainland and to the far larger Čiovo Island. The old town has retained many intact and beautiful buildings from its age of glory between the 13th and 15th centuries.
Since 1997, the historic center of Trogir has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites for its Venetian architecture.
Split is the second largest city in Croatia. The city was originally built around the Diocletian palace (a palace and fort built for the retired Roman emperor, Diocletian) where the...Split
Split is the second largest city in Croatia.
The city was originally built around the Diocletian palace (a palace and fort built for the retired Roman emperor, Diocletian) where the locals sought refuge centuries ago. Split has a unique setting. Its dramatic coastal mountains act as the perfect backdrop to the turquoise waters of the Adriatic.
In 1979, the historic center of Split was included into the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Split is said to be one of the centers of Croatian culture. Its literary tradition can be traced to medieval times.
Medjugorje is a town located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The name Medjugorje literally means “between mountains.” It has a mild Mediterranean climate. On June 25, 1981,...Medjugorje
Medjugorje is a town located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The name Medjugorje literally means “between mountains.” It has a mild Mediterranean climate.
On June 25, 1981, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to six children in the mountain village of Medjugorje. To this day, the Blessed Virgin Mary is coming and giving messages to the world through these 6 people (known as visionaries): Ivanka,Mirjana, Vicka, Maria, Ivan and Jacov. She tells us that God has sent Her to our world, and these years she is spending with us are a time of Grace granted by God. The Blessed Virgin Mary comes with a mission of peace and love and urges us to return to God with all our hearts.
The place is now a popular site of religious pilgrimages.
Mostar is a city in Bosnia and Hezegovina. The city was the most heavily bombed of any Bosnian city during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina following the breakup of...Mostar
Mostar is a city in Bosnia and Hezegovina.
The city was the most heavily bombed of any Bosnian city during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina following the breakup of Yugoslavia. At the beginning of the war, air strikes destroyed many important buildings and structures, including the cultural and spiritual icon: The Old Bridge (Stari Most).
Mostar has been most famous for this beautiful historic Ottoman style bridge, which spanned the Neretva river in what is considered the historic center of the city. A significant portion of the city has been rebuilt and visitors might be surprised to see that this formerly war torn city is a lively and beautiful destination once again.
Dubrovnik is a stunningly intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Croatia. It is the proudest feather in Croatia’s tourist cap, an elite destination...Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is a stunningly intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast in the extreme south of Croatia.
It is the proudest feather in Croatia’s tourist cap, an elite destination and one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean. Dubbed as the Pearl of the Adriatic, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979.
Home to many notable poets, playwrights, painters, mathematicians, physicists and other scholars, Dubrovnik was one of the centers of the development of the Croatian language and literature.
Bari is a big port city on the Adriatic coast; the capital of the Italian region of Puglia. Between the heart of the Old Town and the sea is Bari’s...Bari
Bari is a big port city on the Adriatic coast; the capital of the Italian region of Puglia.
Between the heart of the Old Town and the sea is Bari’s most famous church, the 11th century Romanesque Basilica di San Nicola, dedicated to St. Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus. Bari’s other great church is Bari’s Cathedral, also known as Cattedrale di San Sabino.
Monte Sant Angelo, home to the oldest shrine in Western Europe dedicated to the Archangel Michael and associated with apparitions of the archangel that took place in the 4th century....Monte Sant Angelo
Monte Sant Angelo, home to the oldest shrine in Western Europe dedicated to the Archangel Michael and associated with apparitions of the archangel that took place in the 4th century.
The town of Monte Sant’Angelo is in a panoramic position on the Gargano promontory, with views extending over the hills and down to the Adriatic Sea. The whitewashed town is a delight to see and experience!
Rome, the Eternal City, is the capital and largest city of Italy. It is the famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita (the sweet life),...Rome
Rome, the Eternal City, is the capital and largest city of Italy.
It is the famed city of the Roman Empire, the Seven Hills, La Dolce Vita (the sweet life), the Vatican City and Three Coins in the Fountain.
Rome, as a millennium-long center of power, culture and religion, has exerted a huge influence over the world in its roughly 2,800 years of existence. The historic center of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rome has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere, making it one of Europe’s and the world’s most visited, famous, influential and beautiful capitals. Today, Rome has a growing nightlife scene and is also seen as a shopping heaven, being regarded as one of the fashion capitals of the world. With so many sights and things to do, Rome can truly be classified a “global city.”
The Vatican City is a walled enclave within the city of Rome. It is the temporal seat of the Pope, the head of the worldwide Catholic Church. It is also the world’s smallest state.
San Giovanni Rotondo was the home of St. Pio of Pietrelcina from July 28, 1916 until his death on September 23, 1968. It is a city in the province of...San Giovanni Rotondo
San Giovanni Rotondo was the home of St. Pio of Pietrelcina from July 28, 1916 until his death on September 23, 1968.
It is a city in the province of Foggia, Puglia region in southern Italy.
San Giovanni Rotondo centers on the tomb of St. Padre Pio, a Capuchin friar, priest and mystic known for his devotion to God, care for the sick and supernatural gifts. He was declared a saint in 2002.
The Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo receives 7 million pilgrims each year. The large and ultramodern Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church was built in devotion to the saint and to accommodate the increasing throngs of pilgrims that visit the place.
The city is renowned for its hospital and medical research center Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza (Home for the Relief of the Suffering) founded by St. Pio of Pietrelcina and is considered one of the most efficient hospitals in Europe.
Brezje is a settlement in the Municipality of Radovljica in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia. It is best known for Mary Help of Christians Basilica, the largest pilgrimage church...BREZJE
Brezje is a settlement in the Municipality of Radovljica in the Upper Carniola region of Slovenia.
It is best known for Mary Help of Christians Basilica, the largest pilgrimage church in Slovenia and national shrine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ljubljana. The present-day Neo-Renaissance church building modelled on the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels in Assisi was consecrated in 1900.
Mary Help of Christians Basilica is also the monastery church of a Franciscan convent established at the site in 1898.
On Oct 5, 1988, the building was honored with the title of minor basilica by apostolic grant of Pope John Paul II; he visited Brezje on May 17, 1996. In 2000, the Slovenian Bishops Conference declared the church as a national shrine.
The whole pilgrimage is a new and fulfilling moment in my life. It’s a nice feeling being with the Lord in His important day. And also, gaining new friends and becoming my new extended family is something I will treasure. I hope that this is just the beginning and we’ll continue to get in touch with one another despite the distance.Brenda
It was indeed a wonderful Pilgrimage: very rich in history, a thanksgiving of blessings, a spiritual renewal and nourishment, and finally ending in a test of Faith.
Thank you so much Pilgrim Leader, Ging Igual, for standing beside us up to the last stretch of our 13-day journey - more particularly in the handling of an unexpected situation (cancelled flight in Mexico and re-direction of flights to make sure the 38 Pilgrims reach LA for their respective flight bookings). Ging, you were an angel to us so blessed with energy, passion, love and Milagrosa. We really felt the presence of Our Lady of Guadalupe fielding angels every step of the way.
The Pilgrimage to California Mission Churches and Our Lady of Guadalupe gives me personal inspiration for the work and activities of the next chapter of my lifetime: farming with promotion of agriculture for millennials (inspired by the scenic view of farms in California), tourism (which is a major industry in all places we visited), and support for a favourite major seminary in Tagaytay and a scholarship fund for deserving individuals (thru a non stock non profit institution).
Thank you to my Co-Pilgrims and prayer partners for the prayer support, sharing of life experiences and friendships; Fr. Tony, thank you for your spiritual reflections and service; Fr. Jerry Orbos for an overflowing spiritual reflections and enabling us to have the needed personal encounter with Jesus and Mama Mary (it was like a 12-day Holy Retreat); and the Executive Resources for making a very nice pilgrimage package a part of our lifetime.Ms. Emma
Lord, we cannot find words enough to say how grateful we are to You. Our pilgrimage made us realize that Your love for us is more than what we deserve.
To all our co-pilgrims, thank you for making us feel we belong to this new family. To Fr. Dante, thanks for your prayers and pieces of advice for our spiritual nourishment. To Sis Lea, for taking care of each one of us. To Sis Joy, thanks for the contagious joys and laughters.
To our prayer partners, Sis Maribel, Melvy and Didick and Bro Mon and Sis Jot, thank you for your prayers. We will pray for you, too!
To The Pilgrim’s Center - Executive Resources, thank you for accommodating us in this Eastern Europe Pilgrimage.
God bless us all always!Albert and Adee
Dear Pilgrims' Center:
My husband Aldo & I would like to praise & commend our Pilgrim Chaplain Fr. Dante Venus & our Tour Leader Bro. Monty for the very successful & memorable pilgrimage to Italy & the Holy Land we were very fortunate to join on March 26-April 8, 2018.
It was very hectic to be sure, but still they managed our time very well that we were able to visit more places than was promised in the itinerary, and we are very appreciative of that. Likewise, the solemnity of the whole pilgrimage experience was still observed despite many of us in the group, myself included, often forgetting that we were pilgrims & not tourists 😉😉, taking photos, selfies, etc. instead of, or before focusing on what the local guide was explaining or on the scripture readings. I cannot fault us pilgrims on this because for many of us seniors, and I speak for my husband & I, that trip might be our first & last time to visit those places, so we made sure they were properly documented. Nonetheless, it was a truly spiritually uplifting & life-changing experience for us. We continue to thank our Lord for making that experience of a lifetime possible. Indeed, nothing is impossible for God! Thank you very much to Fr. Dante, Bro. Monty & to each of us pilgrims in the group for the prayers, love, care & concern shown to each other. Let us continue to pray for and with each other. It is my hope that we meet each other again soon, to strengthen our bonds of friendships.
Most sincerely, Leclec CabusoraLeclec Cabusora
My husband and I just came back from a wonderful trip to Israel - with Franciscan Fr Reu Galoy. Thank you Pilgrim Center for the arrangements. We are so happy and satisfied with all that you have done for us. Kudos to Yanyan and Monty from Pilgrim Center, and Fr Reu and Ronin for your caring services. It was a spiritual journey and we felt the abiding presence of the Lord all throughout.Ann Arguelles Cortes
Our pilgrimage was worth all the hardships (I was having leg pains). We had an excellent leader in the person of Adrian, two priests Fathers Val and Ron, who gave us very nice pieces of advice and homilies, and of course the members of the group who were all very nice. Looking forward to join another pilgrimage.Emily Bautista
It was the most profound experience I had in my whole life....Walking with the Footsteps where Jesus walked made my life more grateful and humble....My faith become stronger as I express it...A growing faith is a sharing faith....TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! SHALOM!Carmen Nierra
Vir & I would like to express our gratitude for a wonderful pilgrimage we had from Sept 5-18. From checking-in last Sept 5 & all during the tour, we felt the care from a family. No words can ever describe how thankful we are.
I almost cried last Sept 8, (my birthday) when we (2 of us have the same birthday) were given a surprise mini celebration when after our dinner, we were given a cake. I really felt the love of a family then.
All these things made possible because of your capable coordinator Ms. Ging Igual. She's such a wonderful leader. Kudos to her.
Rest assured that i will refer your company to all my friends who are planning to go on pilgrimage .
Good day & may God always guide & protect all of you in the Pilgrims' Center/ Executive Resources, Inc.Cora and Vir Franca
I am honored to be included in this pilgrimage. The Pilgrims' Center has very good itineraries worth remembering. No hours wasted. They took very good care of us in spite of our big number of 47 people. The daily mass and homilies of Fr. Manny Cruz held in different shrines and churches were very inspirational and transforming. Accommodations were nice most especially the one on top of the Mountain with an awesome view built in 1909. It's like travelling back in time. I definitely would want to do it again with Pilgrim Center.Peter Joseph Mapua
The Pilgrims' Center always gives you the best. They let you feel like an Executive in terms of personal service & attention especially during pilgrimage. Their choices of pilgrimages and pilgrim chaplains are outstanding. You go back home very fulfilled and immersed...Marlene Silvestre
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